Upskill to prove your value to potential employers

11th June 2016 9:42 AM
TIME TO SHINE: A potential employer needs to see you as an invaluable asset that will deliver results for their business. TIME TO SHINE: A potential employer needs to see you as an invaluable asset that will deliver results for their business. KatarzynaBialasiewicz

ARE you employable?

If you’re already working in a role you love, one that challenges you and leaves you with a feeling of achievement, the answer should be a resounding yes.

If you’re in between jobs, or thinking about a career change, your answer will need a little more thought.

Australia’s labour market is competitive. When you apply for a job, yours will be one application among many and if you’re not doing something to separate yourself from the pack, you won’t be fronting up to too many interviews.

Your value proposition needs to be strong. A potential employer needs to see you as more than just a potential employee, they need to see you as an invaluable asset that will deliver bigger, better and stronger results for their business. They need to read your application and immediately feel that they need you on their team.

While you could wax lyrical in your applications, there’s little point if you can’t deliver. Regardless, an employer or recruiter working through shortlisting applications will quickly recognise the applicants who are lacking in substance.

Rather than talking about it, get out and actually do it.

Improve your skill set, earn new qualifications, complete professional development courses.

It’s not even that important that the upskilling you undertake relates to your chosen industry – the fact that you’re working on improving your professional self speaks loudly to employers. You’re showing initiative and motivation.

You’re developing skills that can be applied to a range of different roles and, more importantly, to different situations and scenarios that might present themselves in the workplace.

Where can you start? If you feel you’re lacking in particular areas, or have an interest that you’d like to pursue (for example, you want to learn more about project management, without actually working as a project manager), you can sign on for short courses with your local TAFE or a registered training organisation.

Try your local university too – unis are increasingly offering short courses that bring the added benefit of giving you a taste of university life. You might decide it’s not actually a career change you’re craving, but a return to full-time study.